Creative residencies

Treleven, the educational and environmental nonprofit Don and Cheryl Mitchell founded at their farm in New Haven, Vermont, now sponsors Creative Residencies which grant recipients accommodation for up to one month in The Annex beside the main farmhouse. This is a beautiful, sunny space of almost 1,000 square feet with a bed in one corner, a desk in another, a dining area with a table, a well provisioned kitchen, a bathroom and shower, and a deck overlooking the farm’s surrounding fields and forests. The atmosphere is peaceful, inspiring and highly conducive to creative work.

At present, Treleven can offer these Residencies in the fall and the spring of each year. The fall residency begins on or about October 15, and the spring residency begins on or about April 18. The costs for the use of The Annex, including all utilities, will be covered by the foundation, while the person accepted for this retreat will be responsible for his or her own transportation and food. Applications will be considered both for one-month and for two-week residencies.

The proposed creative project should relate directly to some aspect of Treleven’s mission, which emphasizes environmental awareness, social justice, spiritual development and issues in mental health. More information about recent programs and affiliations may be found on the Treleven website: ( The application should consist of a cover-letter with a description of the proposed project, a sample of creative work in the proposed field (for writers, please provide a manuscript of between 200 and 2,000 words), a brief resumé and two letters of recommendation. Applicants for the residency beginning in mid-October are asked to submit these materials to Cheryl Mitchell at by July 15th. For the residency beginning in mid-April, materials should be received by January 15. A selection committee from the Treleven Board will read all materials and get back to people with its decision within 60 days of the start of the residency.

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